To the north, you will most probably use E58 which enters through the West and North of the city. You’ll probably use this one if you’re coming in from cities in the west like Cluj-Napoca or Oradea. If you are traveling from cities like Brașov or the capital Bucharest, you’ll take E85 which leads into E58 in Târgu Frumos, or into E581 in Tișița. This last version to the east, through Bârlad and Vaslui, is much less crowded than continuing north on E85. Be sure to switch E581 with DN24 in Crasna. There are plenty of gas stations on the roads leading up to the city, so you don’t have to worry about
The entrance in Iași via Vaslui is much prettier than Păcurari. You’ll enter through Bucium Hill, where the road is winding, with beautiful forests on each side. You can stop on the Bucium Relay which has a nice view of Iași, or park your car by the side of the road and just have a nice walk through the forest.
There is no highway to Iași so getting here is not that fast and driving wouldn’t be your first option if time is an issue, but the main roads we mentioned are all in very good conditions. Here are a few time estimates of how long it would take to reach Iași from different cities in Romania:
- from Bucharest via DN24/E581: 6 hours
- from Cluj-Napoca via DN16/E578/DN15/E58: 6 hours and 45 minutes
- from Brașov via DN11/E574/E85/E583/E58: 5 hours and 10 minutes
- from Timișoara via A1/A3/DN15/E58: 9 hours and 30 minutes